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Keeper King inspired after making "dream" debut

22 February 2017

Tom King shines against Spireites at The Den

Lions goalkeeper Tom King has described his Sky Bet League One debut for the club as a "boyhood dream come true" after shutting out Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old was in inspired form between the sticks, pulling off several top draw saves as Millwall kept a seventh consecutive clean sheet with a 0-0 draw at The Den.

"These are the nights you look forward to as a kid," he told following the match. "That's why you become a footballer, to look forward to your debut and hope you can perform.

"I know my role and i'm pleased I was able to go out and keep a clean sheet for the team. We have built this run on defence and shutting teams out and it was important for me to continue that."

And his performance didn't go unnoticed by manager Neil Harris, who said he was "proud" King was able to seamlessly slip into the gloves of regular keeper Jordan Archer, who suffered a knock in the Emirates FA Cup victory over Leicester City.

"I am glad I could repay the manager's faith in me," King added. 

"Jordan's been fantastic, he sent me some well-wishes before the match and has been really supportive. I would be exactly the same if the roles were reversed because we are a team and are all in it together.

King has learnt a lesson in patience since joining Millwall from Crystal Palace in 2014, biding his time with the U23s and learning under goalkeeping coach Kevin Pressman. 

"He's been a great teacher and mentor in helping me get to where I am today. Making my debut has given me a taste of League football and I will grab the next opportunity with both hands, whenever that time may come."

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